Ms. Jo Chosen as One of Hays’ Pivotal People

Posted: Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at 2:15 PM

headshot of Julene BogerProfessor Julene Boger (aka Ms. Jo) had no idea one of her students, Cody (Dakota) Hays recognized her in the April 2016 Association for Career & Technical Education article, “Pivotal People – How CTE Educators Change Lives.”

"My favorite teacher in college, Ms. Jo, worked in hospitality since she was a teenager and eventually worked her way up to become the general manager of a full-service inn. This inn just so happened to be at Northern Arizona University and eventually turned into the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (currently ranked #14 for top hospitality schools in the world). Her ability to connect with students and empower us to do our best really reflects her genuine character. She’s one of the most engaging teachers I’ve ever had and the sincerest person I’ve ever met."

“It was an honor,” blushed Boger.

“Equally appreciated was knowing that one of our alumnus, Andy Kuntz* ('02) was a mentor for him in high school as well. Kuntz is now the State Director for high school culinary programs in Arizona. Cody was mentored by Andy, even after high school,” she said.

“That was kind of nice, that I had a student that was a student of a student,” chuckles Boger.

“I just know that whatever Cody receives, he gives back somehow. Not necessarily monetarily, but maybe in his time. He is a good mentor for students as well,” she said.

In the same breath, Boger was notified by the NAU Office of Student Life and the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU) that Hays had nominated Boger for a Louie Award. The Louie Awards are a chance for members of the NAU community to recognize outstanding students, faculty, or staff, “…an honor that recognizes ‘unsung heroes’ on campus for their commitment to the Lumberjack community,” stated the 2016 online call for nominations. [Boger was unable to attend the 2016 Louie Awards on April 5 due to a prior commitment to the FCB Etiquette Dinner for Residence Life (story HERE).]

While being an educator doesn’t require recognition, these do help affirm what gives it meaning, especially given the source.

“Coming from a student, this [educator] article means the world to me,” said Boger.

* Kuntz worked at The Inn at NAU when it was open and upon his graduation did a short stint as Sous Chef at the Inn.

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